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Big name housing architects line up for latest Olympic plots

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A who’s who of leading architects, including a trio of Stirling Prize winners, has been shortlisted to design 1,500 new homes on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

It is understood three developer-led bids, featuring the likes of Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects (ABA), are set to submit their final proposals for the East Wick and Sweetwater neighbourhoods on 8 October.

ABA is working with ShedKM, Studio Egret West, Piercy & Co, A Studio, Sheppard Robson and landscape designers Fabrik on a bid by Balfour Beatty, Urban Splash and Places for People.

Meanwhile John Thompson & Partners has teamed up with Assael and Mae to work for Grainger.

And finally, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is collaborating with Maccreanor Lavington and S333 on a bid by Mace, Argent and Peabody.

The three developers – announced in June – were chosen from a six-strong long-list against a selection criteria which focused on design, delivery and commercial drivers.

The procurement of a design team for two neighbourhoods follows London mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to accelerate the delivery of Games legacy housing so the park’s 6,800 new homes will be complete by 2023.

Make, PRP, Karakusevic Carson, Muf and Nord were chosen to build the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s first 800-home neighbourhood at Chobham Manor two years ago.

East Wick and Sweetwater will together deliver around 1,500 new homes – including privately rented and affordable dwellings – on land east of Hawkins\Brown’s £100 million Here East overhaul of the former Olympic media complex and south of Make’s Copper Box Arena respectively.

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Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), said: ‘The shortlisted three bidders have the potential to create vibrant new neighbourhoods connected to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. We look forward to exploring the bidders’ detailed proposals in the next stage of the process.’

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